|Scarf (worn as shrug): Hot Topic Tee: Rue 21 Jeans: thrifted Flats: American Eagle Ring: c/o Oasap|
We took some outfit pictures right outside my Auntie Hilda's apartment, so there was just enough privacy not to feel too self-conscious. Haha, I've brought a couple pairs of colored jeans to wear here, including my bright blue ones. It was so tough deciding what to pack ! Questions like: what was too trendy to be remixed into multiple outfits? What basics should I bring? What about accessories?
So far, I think I did a good job mixing both basics/essentials and trendy pieces. Like this skull-print scarf - it doubles as a shrug if I need it too, and the neutral colors (black and white) makes it possible to remix with multiple things.
Oh, so I got a haircut! It was just a trim, but I can definitely notice the shorter length. Plus, got my side swept bangs cleaned up so they're not as long and haggard. I'm tempted to go even shorter before I leave...I don't know, what do you think?
So far, this trip is going better than I'd anticipated.
The truth is, while I absolutely love visiting, I feel like an outcast when it comes to our family here. Not that they try to make me feel that way - it's just that they're too shy to try and talk to me in English. So I'll sit there in the midst of the huge family gathering and quietly listen to them speak in their foreign language. The words roll right by me, and after a while, the isolation that's caused by this language barrier gets to me.
However, I can tell when my cousins make an effort to connect with me. The boys I used to be close with when we were children are reaching out and trying to get to know me. It was nice since they came over one day and took me out to see the sights of Baguio. We explored Tamawan Village, Burnham Park, the Botanical Garden, and Mines View.
With all the sights to see, I'm averaging about 80 pictures per day. Its crazy! But for this post, I decided I'd update you with an outfit. My style is very casual and comfortable. Although everyone here thinks this is dressed up. Haha, its a good thing I decided to forego bringing any of my wedges!
So while there are difficulties to face here when I visit (ie: language barrier, no running water, American-loving mosquitoes, etc.), it is more than worth it. I wake up each morning here feeling lucky that I get to have this experience.